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Resident Opening Women’s Fitness Center in Downtown La Grange

La Grange resident Maureen Nosek is set to launch the first Illinois location of the Get in Shape for Women franchise on La Grange Road.

Women in the Lyons Township area looking for a friendly, supportive exercise option will have a new option starting in mid-October, as La Grange will welcome a branch of the franchise Get in Shape for Women, a fitness studio for female clients with a small-group approach to working out.

The center is being opened at 79 S. La Grange Rd. by La Grange resident Maureen Nosek, who is departing a longtime career in pharmaceutical sales to pursue her passion for personal training. She says that Get in Shape offers a unique approach, tailored for women, that sets it apart from standard gyms.

“For a lot of women, the large big-box gyms are just a little too impersonal, a little too intimidating,” Nosek said. “This is not that type of place; it’s full of support. We want the women who come in to feel supported, comfortable and confident.”

Get in Shape for Women locations offer an alternative to individual workouts in expansive gymnasiums. The Get in Shape training style features classes of no more than four women and emphasizes a “four-part transformation model:” cardio, weight-training, nutrition support and accountability.

Nosek suggested that last part is particularly helpful for sticking to a program. “We can all hold ourselves accountable, but I think it’s nice to have other people hold you accountable, too,” she said. “We make appointments here, so if you miss an appointment, you’re going to get a phone all. We do measurements; we keep people focused and on-track towards their goal.”

The new La Grange center is just under 1,250 sq. ft., and will feature a retail portion near the front of the center with an intimate workout area in back. The workout area will have cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights.

La Grange’s Get in Shape for Women location is the first of 10 planned in the state of Illinois—and, if the timing works out, may be the 100th overall nationwide, Nosek said. The franchise originated in Massachusetts, where it boasts 64 centers, and is currently expanding nationwide towards a professed ultimate goal of 5,000 locations globally.

“Over the years, women would frequently expressed concerns to me about working out in big-box gyms,” Get in Shape founder Brian Cook wrote in an e-mail “To better service women who wanted to be in a more supportive, intimate environment, I designed Get In Shape For Women as a boutique, studio-style workout facility for women's small group training.”

Nosek grew up in Riverside and has been a resident of La Grange for nearly two decades with her husband, Evan, who is assisting in her endeavor. She said she read about the Get in Shape for Women franchise in a magazine, researched it and quickly became an advocate.

“With every conversation with them I grew more and more excited about the opportunity; to think I could be their first [franchise owner] here when I know it can be successful here,” Nosek said. “That made it even more exciting.”

Get in Shape for Women will open at 79 S. La Grange Rd. sometime in mid-October.

Joseph R. Martan September 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Really. So we have yet another entity trying to compel people to conform to someone else's cosmetic ideal - with the implication that if they don't, somehow they just aren't exercising self-control, they're weak, ad nauseum. Ladies...if you're over 40 and don't mirror image the models in a Jane Fonda fitness video, don't lose any sleep over it. You are the sum total of EVERYTHING you are, not just whether you meet an unrealistic and biased physical ideal.
Cheryl P September 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Speaking as a woman over 40, I think most of us at this point in our lives have figured out that there is no such thing as an "ideal" woman. It's a matter of making healthy choices and exercise is a major part of that as a woman gets older. Better health means a better standard of living both in terms of a more enjoyable lifestyle and, hopefully, less medical care/expenses Give us some credit Joseph. Good luck Maureen. I'll be checking out your studio. Sounds great.
Doug Sheehan September 20, 2012 at 08:20 AM
What about the fact that eating right, and exercising is good for your health?
Mouse September 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Joseph, have you ever "worked out" on a regular basis? If not, you might want to try it...you might lose that chip on your shoulder. Getting into a regular exercise routine not only helps you physically it can do wonders for your mental state, and not because you might lose a few pounds and a couple inches. There are brain chemical processes involved which can alleviate pain, improve memory, improve brain function and grow new neurons, all especially important as we get older, which are triggered with even light regular exercise. Plus, for folks who have a tendency toward depression, the endorphin release with exercise can even help pull you out of that. There is evidence that regular exercise can ward off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's too. So you might want to re-think your comment, which was basically a snarky shot at women.
Joseph R. Martan September 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Mouse: The last thing my comment was meant to be was a putdown. Read my last line in my original post. Where I take exception is when people are subjected to the pressure to conform to one specific "ideal." I would think that any modern female would agree instead of seeing so many adopt a lemming-like obsession to conform to what someone else thinks is the "right" beauty standard, weight standard, ad nauseum. Just this week on the internet was a discussion of the exercises done at gyms - and a lot of them are not only not healthy but downright dangerous. And for the record, long before it become trendy I did the daily workout routine - you had to to be able to properly do your job as an infantry officer in the Army - leadership by example. Besides, over the years I've seen too many religious joggers and workout enthusiasts who met the ideal of lean and mean drop dead from heart attacks or ruin their lower backs or knee joints. Remember Jim Fixx? Doug: Winston Churchill was decidedly overweight, clearly enjoyed a well-set table, drank a quart of brandy and smoked a dozen cigars daily, led his nation through a world war and lived to be 90. As he observed about exercise - he was being the pall bearer at more and more funerals of his colleagues who were bitten by the vigorous exercise bug. Gyms, the "health craze", etc. - big money makers for those who capitalize on many people's need for acceptance - here a cosmetic ideal. I don't need that kind of acceptance.

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